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Meet Our December Caregiver of the Month

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Simone Turner, Intake Coordinator at Suncrest Hospice, is the winner of the December Hospice Caregiver Award presented by Horan & McConaty.  She was nominated by Kim Braun who had this to say about:

I would like to nominate Simone Turner as “Caregiver of The Month.” Where Simone, as an Intake Coordinator, is not your typical caregiver in the sense of direct care, she is every sense of a caregiver when it comes to the first interaction many of our prospect patients and families have when it comes to learning about hospice. Simone is typically the first contact these individuals will speak to about hospice, and where they rarely meet her in person they end their initial conversation with a feeling of comfort, relieve and outlet. As her director, I have left the Intake Office in awe numerous times after having the opportunity to hear her educate these patients (often for more than an hour) with such empathy, compassion, patience and professionalism. No matter how difficult this conversation may be, Simone in the end has probably made these people laugh at some point during the conversation, lightened the load of a very heavy discussion and ended the conversation with the person on the other end feeling confident about the next journey that lies ahead. We at Suncrest are so very fortunate to have her on our team!

 Kim Braun
Suncrest Hospice

Recipients of the monthly Caregiver Award will receive a gift card that can be used for whatever the recipient decides and an award.

In addition, each year the Caregiver of the Year is announced at a banquet honoring the twelve monthly winners. The Caregiver of the Year will win a trip for two within Colorado.

Do you know a Caregiver? Nominate them today!

Congratulations to Our November Caregiver of the Month

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Kristi Rice, RN at The Denver Hospice, is the winner of the November Hospice Caregiver Award presented by Horan & McConaty.  She was nominated by Jamie Weatherly who had the following to say about why she nominated Kristi.

Kristi Rice is a new hospice nurse. But, when you have what it takes, it doesn’t matter if you’ve been doing this 3 months or 15 years. She knows her patient’s needs and how to care for them, going above and beyond what is expected, definitely above what I’ve seen in my hospice career. Kristi assumed cares for a patient with COPD. This patient lives alone, has no connections with anyone. This patient has been fearful and distrustful of anyone. Yesterday, Kristi made her routine visit. She had tried calling the patient several times to let this lady know she was coming, with no luck reaching her on the cell phone, this patient’s only connection to help. When Kristi arrived, this patient said that her phone quit working 2 days ago. This patient had no way of calling anybody, including any emergency services if needed. Kristi personally went to the patient’s mobile carrier store and had the phone fixed, spending over 2 hours getting this taken care of so this patient could call for assistance if needed. Anyone who has worked in hospice knows how little spare time there is in a day. Kristi took 2 additional hours out of her day to make sure this patient had a way to seek help if needed. This is just a very small example of what she has done in a very short time as a hospice nurse. But again, when you have the heart to do this work, it doesn’t matter how long you’ve been a hospice caregiver. Kristi has the heart for this job. She was able to restore trust in a patient that was scared to trust anybody. That in itself speaks volumes :) 

Jamie Weatherly, RN
The Denver Hospice

Recipients of the monthly Caregiver Award will receive a gift card that can be used for whatever the recipient decides and an award.

In addition, each year the Caregiver of the Year is announced at a banquet honoring the twelve monthly winners. The Caregiver of the Year will win a trip for two within Colorado.

Do you know a Caregiver? Nominate them today!

Meet Our October Hospice Caregiver Award Recipient

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Joan Hummel, Grief Counselor at Porter Hospice/St. Anthony Hospice, is the winner of the October Hospice Caregiver Award presented by Horan & McConaty.  She was nominated by Gretchen Norman who had the following to say about why she nominated Joan.

Joan Hummel is not only an amazing bereavement counselor, she is an amazing co-worker. She is a wealth of knowledge with resources, history, procedures and policies within our company, the community and the world in general! She exudes compassion and is the model of having an all accepting, strength-based approach to our bereaved family members and to our staff. Recently, it happened AGAIN in one of the grief groups I was facilitating. Joan’s name got brought up by one of the participants who is seeing her for individual grief counseling. Several other people in the group perked up as they are being followed by her in bereavement. I added that in years past, having my office next to Joan’s office, I would hear such robust laughter during the sessions that it was hard to believe something as heavy as grief counseling was going on in there. Joan later explained they talk about a lot of things, some very funny things – perhaps as a way of keeping the grief in perspective I imagine. In my group that night, there was such enthusiasm and faith that this ‘miracle worker’ named Joan would be there for them to deal with the grief. And I know Joan, she will! 

Gretchen Norman
Centura Health at Home/Porter Hospice and Butterfly Program

Recipients of the monthly Caregiver Award will receive a gift card that can be used for whatever the recipient decides and an award.

In addition, each year the Caregiver of the Year is announced at a banquet honoring the twelve monthly winners. The Caregiver of the Year will win a trip for two within Colorado.

 

Do you know a Caregiver? Nominate them today!

Congratulations to Our September Hospice Caregiver of the Month Award Recipient

SeptCaregiver2014Kristin Ayon, CNA, at Agape Hospice is the winner of the September Hospice Caregiver Award presented by Horan & McConaty.  She was nominated by Corinne Baker, RN, Agape Hospice, who had the following to say about why she nominated Kristin.

We had a very difficult family and patient recently and they kept pushing Kristin Ayon (CNA) away.  Kristin could see that our patient needed our help, and she continued to show up for visits with a very positive attitude, slowly gaining the trust of our patient family.  Although she was frustrated, knowing how much she could offer and how much the patient needed, she remained very professional, with a result of success.

She was compassionate & caring, altering her daily schedule for this family.  She kept her humor and love for her patient shined each and every day.  As the RN on this case I found her assistance a vital part of keeping our patient safe, comfortable, allowing her in the end to have a peaceful hospice death.

Kristin is a valuable part of our team.  The small little box certainly wasn’t big enough to praise Kristin’s skills, professionalism and all the times I observed her holding the hand of a dying patient.  She is a top notch CNA!  She was put on this earth to be a “Care Giver.”

Corinne Baker, RN
Agape Hospice

Each monthly Caregiver Award winner will receive a gift card that can be used for whatever the recipient decides and an award.

In January, the Hospice Caregiver of the Year will be announced at a banquet honoring the twelve monthly winners. The Caregiver of the Year will win a trip for two within Colorado.

 

Do you know a Caregiver? Nominate them today!

August 2014 Hospice Caregiver of the Month Award

AugustCaregiver2014Peggy Auten is the winner of the August Hospice Caregiver Award, presented by Horan & McConaty.  She was nominated by Kathy Iwanowski, RN, Optum Hospice & Palliative Care who had the following to say about why she nominated Peggy.

While attending a recent death, the caregiver told me that Chaplain Peggy Auten had a profound effect on our patient earlier that day.  The caregiver noted that whatever Peggy said to the patient at her visit brought him a sense of peace immediately and lasted until he expired.  It was so great to hear this as the family had previously declined a chaplain visit as they were not “religious.”

Kathy Iwanowski, RN
Optum Hospice & Palliative Care

Each monthly Caregiver Award winner will receive a gift card that can be used for whatever the recipient decides and an award.

In January, the Hospice Caregiver of the Year will be announced at a banquet honoring the twelve monthly winners. The Caregiver of the Year will win a trip for two within Colorado.

Do you know a Caregiver? Nominate them today!

July Caregiver of the Month Award Winner

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Suzanne Caverly, RN with The Denver Hospice was selected as the winner ofthe July Hospice Caregiver Award, presented by Horan & McConaty.  She was nominated by Peter Repka, son of Edie Repka,who had the following to say about why he nominated her.

Why would you like to nominate this person as “Caregiver of the Month”? 

A year ago last Thanksgiving, my mom, Edith Repka, went to the hospital for about five days for heart related problems. Within two weeks, Mom was back in the hospital and at that point she told us that she didn’t want to go back to the hospital again, so we, Mom, Lisa, her daughter, and I called a couple of hospice care centers. After a short deliberation, we decided on The Denver Hospice. As it turned out, we could not have picked a better place.

So at the beginning of 2013, The Denver Hospice was set to come into Mom’s home and take over the care of her. Her first nurse, who happened to be a good friend of the Pete Lansing family, soon after taking care of Mom, decided to retire. As disappointed as we were, this lead to Suzanne Caverly coming into Mom’s and our lives. After the first few visits, we all had come to the conclusion that Suzanne was not only a great nurse but an awesome person. Suzanne started off seeing Mom once a week on Wednesdays and the longer she came, all of us, especially Mom, realized how special of a person had come into her life.

Suzanne treated Mom with so much love and caring that the comfort level soared to incredible heights. Suzanne started off leaving me notes about Mom condition and then she started talking to me on the phone on a regular basis. Which for me was much more personable and allowed me to ask questions immediately. This was so helpful to me. Mom would tell me that after a while that she felt so comfortable with Suzanne, she felt she could and did talk to Suzanne about anything, including her eventual death.

At this point, when Suzanne would come visit with Mom, she would stay much longer than the required one hour and often, depending upon Suzanne schedule, she would stay upwards of a couple or three hours. This gave mom great peace and allowed the both of them to really get to know each other beyond either ones expectations. As Mom’s disease got worse, Suzanne’s support and visits increased. Suzanne would call and talk to my sister in Glenwood Springs, and update, as well as console her as best she could. Suzanne and all of my family became so close over a relatively short period that seemed like an eon of time. In other words, she became part of our family. She told me how much she loved my mom and how my mom gave her so much strength.

When the time came nearer to Mom’s death, I could tell how much this was affecting her. But Suzanne never allowed this to affect her caring of Mom. In fact, it seemed to strengthen the bond between her and Mom, Lisa and me. Suzanne became the person that I turned to for support, knowledge and strength and she did this with open arms and a caring and loving heart. Suzanne did her job and then some with as much grace as my mom lived her life, and certainly with as much grace as Mom when she died. Suzanne meant so much to my mom and means that much more to myself and Lisa. Suzanne has carved a place in my heart and family that will be there as long as I’m around.

May God bless this special woman,
Peter A. Repka

Each monthly Caregiver Award winner will receive a gift card that can be used for whatever the recipient decides and an award.

At the end of twelve months the review committee will select the Caregiver of the Year to be revealed at a banquet honoring the twelve finalists. The Caregiver of the Year will win a trip for two within Colorado.

Do you know a Caregiver? Nominate them today!

 

May and June 2014 Hospice Caregiver of the Month Awards presented together

Sonia Mall, DCS and Stan Manickam, Chaplain, were selected as the winners of the May and June Hospice Caregiver Award, presented by Horan & McConaty.  They were nominated by Sonja Onstad, Halcyon Hospice and Palliative Care, who had the following to say about why she nominated them together.

I would like to nominate Sonia Mall, DCS and Stan Manickam, Chaplain, for creating a profoundly moving ritual to celebrate our hospice nurses during Nurses Week 2014. I will attach the ritual in a separate email. What made this event so powerful is that it involved the entire team, all disciplines, in the ritual so all were able to “bless” our nurses. The nurses honored each other and received an individual anointing while surrounded by their team. At the conclusion, there was not a dry eye in the room. A few of the comments that were made included “I’ve been a nurse for 40 years and have more coffee cups than I know what to do with. This is the first time I’ve ever felt so honored.” Another nurse then stated” I’ve been a hospice nurse for 2 years and I can’t imagine being anywhere else.” This ritual was not only a blessing to our nurses but to every member of the team present. This was only made possible by the sincere gratitude made manifest by these two amazing hospice practitioners.

Sonja Onstad
Halcyon Hospice and Palliative Care

Each monthly Caregiver Award winner will receive a gift card that can be used for whatever the recipient decides and an award.

At the end of twelve months the review committee will select the Caregiver of the Year to be revealed at a banquet honoring the twelve finalists. The Caregiver of the Year will win a trip for two within Colorado.

Do you know a Caregiver? Nominate them today!

April Hospice Caregiver of the Month Award

Ron Urban is the winner of the April Hospice Caregiver Award, presented by Horan & McConaty.  He was nominated by Danielle Andrews, RN, Supervisor at Porter Hospice Residence and Andrea Helsel, LSW who had the following to say about why they nominated Ron.

From Dani:  Ron Urban has worked for Porter Hospice Residence for many years as housekeeping and maintenance. I could talk forever about all the ways he helps us at PHR, keeping us safe by shoveling and deicing, scraping windows, keeping our environment clean, repairing the inevitable things that go wrong with such a quiet and competent spirit and a kind smile every morning, but this is a caregiver award, so I’d like to describe how he cares for our patients. He cleans the rooms, respecting a patient’s need for quiet or a gentle, supportive, “normal” conversation, for instance, inquiries on their favorite colors. He gets to know the patients and is a welcome sight. Many patients might wake up to find a handcrafted butterfly in their favorite colors on their wall. After the patient leaves us, their family has a beautiful, individual reminder of their family member, and a butterfly that color will show up on our gazebo or in our trees. Ron’s humble gift is a reminder to us all that our patients are beautiful, different individuals that are with us physically for a short time, but their spirit remains in our hearts.

Danielle Andrews, RN
Supervisor
Porter House Residence       

From Andrea: I’ve worked with Ron over his past 3 years at Porter Hospice Residence. What surprises me about his role is he provides not only maintenance and expertise with our 18 room in-patient hospice facility, he also provides expertise in compassion and love. I don’t know of many maintenance men who come to work with the objective to not only repair and maintain a facility, but also outreach and support the patient’s, families, and staff. Ron does this in his own, quiet, unique way. If you weren’t paying attention, you might almost miss the signs that Ron has visited with someone. But inevitably, in conversation talking with families, if Ron has met them, he has left his mark. Ron’s humble and quiet countenance is a symbol and an example of the servant-like quality we wish to demonstrate to patients and families. Recently, Ron has taken on more leadership in his work area and been able to present issues that have come up within the team. Ron’s ability to be humble, love, and have compassion, sets him up to be a leader at our inpatient hospice. When Ron addresses things that are not going as they should, the staff listens. Ron’s dedication as well as his optimism and encouraging spirit, make him an integral part of our hospice team. Certainly, running a facility is vital, AND Ron Urban’s maintenance role goes far beyond that. With efficiency and grace he accomplishes emotional support and facility maintenance. He is a gift from God to our PHR team. Thank you Ron.                      

Andrea Helsel,LSW  
Porter Hospice & St. Anthony Hospice

Each monthly Caregiver Award winner will receive a gift card that can be used for whatever the recipient decides and an award.

At the end of twelve months the review committee will select the Caregiver of the Year to be revealed at a banquet honoring the twelve finalists. The Caregiver of the Year will win a trip for two within Colorado.

Do you know a Caregiver? Nominate them today!

 

 

 

 

 

March Hospice Caregiver Award Winner

Judy Fletcher is the winner of the March Hospice Caregiver Award, presented by Horan & McConaty.  She was nominated by Sally Carey who had the following to say about why she nominated Judy.

Judy Fletcher is an exemplary hospice volunteer having served with us for the past two and a half years. She is sensitive in her care for others, always respecting their values and offering her time and resources to help meet their emergent needs be it running errands, preparing meals, doing laundry, going on doctor appointments with them, reading scriptures and praying – whatever is needed for support at that time. She offers to help with larger projects too: welcome baskets, pet food acquisition, hosting volunteer training and so on as she lives her value of service to others, be they family, friends, neighbors, church members, shelter animals or hospice families.

Judy has been a strong participant in continuous learning, adding new information and skills (Reiki energy work, vigil and bereavement support) to better support the people in her life. Judy is generous not only with her time, but with her genuine spirit of selfless service in a way that never diminishes others but brings a strong sense of caring and compassion. Judy Fletcher embodies the best qualities of hospice care and our families have been enriched by her caring attention through her years of loving service. We should all be so lucky to have a ‘Judy Fletcher’ in our lives!

Sally Carey
Volunteer & Bereavement Coordinator
Hospice of CovenantCare

Each monthly Caregiver Award winner will receive a gift card that can be used for whatever the recipient decides and an award.

At the end of twelve months the review committee will select the Caregiver of the Year to be revealed at a banquet honoring the twelve finalists. The Caregiver of the Year will win a trip for two within Colorado.

Do you know a Caregiver? Nominate them today!

 

February 2014 Hospice Caregiver of the Month Award

Felisha Bjelde is the winner of the February Hospice Caregiver Award, presented by Horan & McConaty.  Felisha was nominated by Lori Bennett who submitted the following letter explaining why she nominated Felisha.

Felisha Bjelde works with my mom who lives in Cedars HealthCare center. She does her hair and take special care in getting her ready/showering and has a very large positive attitude. Felisha’s care of my mom has really helped my mom’s attitude in these times. (My mom has dementia and it can be especially difficult to do hair, showering, personal hygiene etc.)

 With great thanks,

Lori Bennett

Each monthly Caregiver Award winner will receive a gift card that can be used for whatever the recipient decides and an award.

At the end of twelve months the review committee will select the Caregiver of the Year to be revealed at a banquet honoring the twelve finalists. The Caregiver of the Year will win a trip for two within Colorado.

Do you know a Caregiver? Nominate them today!

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